Headed by coach Steve Carl, our Kids Jiu-Jitsu program offers one of the most flexible schedule of classes in all of Des Moines, running all week (Monday through Friday) at both 4 and 5pm. Ideal for children aged 5 to 13, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a very practical martial art, which can be used in self-defense situations, to subdue a larger opponent or bully. But the actual “art” of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teaches kids important life skills.
In Kids Jiu-Jitsu, children learn how to listen, take direction, and follow instructions in class. Kids are paired with workout partners based on age, size, and experience level, so there’s never any worry about the class being too advanced for them.
This class instills important skills in children from a very young age, and if your child would benefit from a structured environment that promotes good behavior, or has ADD/ADHD, this could be perfect for them.
Our classes offer both Gi and No Gi Jiu Jitsu. The Gi is highly recommended as the uniform for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: all kids start as a white belt under Steve, and they earn stripes based on their good behavior, regular attendance, and performance. They then graduate in belt color.
If you’re looking for a competitive outlet for your child, our Gi Jiu Jitsu program is perfect: your child will be about to join the competition team and compete as early as a white belt! In Jiu Jitsu competitions, kids are paired up based on their belt rank, so it’s always a positive experience.
Don’t know whether Gi or No Gi Jiu Jitsu is the best fit? Don’t worry—Steve and our training staff will set you up to try out a class, so that you can watch your child’s participation, and we’ll help you make the best decision possible!
Even if your child has never done a martial art of an organized sport before, Kids Jiu Jitsu can be enrolled at any time; there’s no start date, and provided we have an opening in the class, you can try it out immediately. Our instructor, Steve, is one of the best mixed martial artists in the Midwest, a highly decorated professional fighter and former World Series of Fighting champion. And additionally, he runs a well-structured but fun class, and does a great job breaking down the basics and giving positive feedback to kids who are just starting out.
Our Kids Jiu Jitsu program is held in a private 2,000 square foot room within our Elite Edge Grimes facility, and it offers plenty of mat space, small class sizes, and room for parents to watch the classes; you’re always welcome to stay and observe class with us!